Monday, November 5, 2012

Tomorrow Is Election Day...

I will probably get 12 hours of phone calls or people doing surveys and polls wanting to know who I am going to vote for tomorrow. It’s an easy question to answer. I will be voting for Barack Obama. The majority of New York State will be voting for him, so my vote may not technically matter, but it’s a matter of principle, it’s a matter of the issues, it’s a matter of faith and confidence in his leadership. 

I know many, most of whom are republicans, were never happy with Obama winning in 2008. I don’t think they gave him half a chance to succeed. They weren’t pulling for him and supporting him as president of our country. They were expecting and even hoping for him to fail. Every accomplishment of his administration was criticized. He never got an ounce of credit even when the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden succeeded. He has had an uphill losing battle from day one. 

Every president will be criticized for one thing or another because mistakes are invariably made. But to criticize a president for everything, to foully disrespect him and show him utter distain from the moment he took office and throughout his fours years is unprecedented in American history. It would be one thing if these criticisms were warranted and there were no accomplishments to be praised, but that isn’t the case. Some will say he has not only done nothing to improve things, but he has made them worse. Really? I guess it depends what side of the political fence you are on. From where I stand, President Obama has worked hard to bring his promises to fruition. Yes the economy still leaves a lot to be desired, but we know the dire situation he walked into and I’m not sure anyone believes another president would have done better. We were headed for a serious depression and President Obama did what he needed to do to prevent that disaster from happening and succeeded. Even Republican economist, Kenneth Rogoff, stated that no one could have solved our economic problems in four years, and it’s his business to know what he is talking about.

President Obama has been working for our country and 100% of our people. He is not out of touch with the majority of Americans. He understands the financial struggles and burdens and has tried to lighten them for everyone. He doesn’t make jokes about unemployment; he doesn’t open foreign accounts for his money to avoid paying American taxes and then refuse to release his tax returns; he doesn’t tell young people to go borrow thousands from their unemployed, already in debt parents; he doesn’t tell students to get four jobs to pay for college when there are no jobs; he doesn’t add insult to injury by telling hard working people they consider themselves victims when they accept entitlements (some of which they paid into) like unemployment benefits, disability, FEMA, Medicare, Social Security etc.; he doesn’t impose his beliefs on women who are pro choice; he isn’t against equal pay for equal work; he doesn’t have to ask for binders full of qualified women; he doesn’t say “corporations are people;” he isn’t against same sex marriage; he is not unconcerned about the very poor because they have a safety net; he doesn’t not go out an insult our primary ally in the world while visiting the Olympics; he doesn’t compare the clean up of hurricane Sandy with cleaning up a football field; he doesn’t think middle income is $200,000 to $250,000; he doesn’t get a $75,000 deduction for his horses; he doesn’t strap his dog to the roof of his car to drive a few hundred miles for 12 hours; he doesn’t want to get rid of Planned Parenthood… and so on and so on. 

I think President Obama understands and is in touch with the American people and what we need. He has done the best job he could have under the circumstances, but who cares what I think? That’s why I am posting a website that lists 200 things that President Obama has done in his four years in office and links to corroborate are provided. Not that it will change anyone’s mind at this point and not that I am trying to. I just want to state for the record, since my vote carries little weight, that I think President Obama has succeeded in making progress and deserves another four years to serve this country.

Link to MORE than 200 Things Obama has done: 200+ Things Obama has done

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